The Cowsills Documentary

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  1. getbent

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    When I was a kid, my older sister was a big Cowsills fan. I thought they were a bubblegum band (nothing wrong with that) but, I just thought teenybopper kind of thing and while I 'liked' their songs (we all shared a grundig big dog console to play records) I was cool with it when she played them but didn't process them much.... (made up my mind without listening, dick move, even for a little kid)

    Last night, we fired up the old Amazon Prime and found a documentary on the Cowsills.

    OH MY GOODNESS.

    What an amazing band, and what crazy good musicians and what a terrible story, so sad and awful (and frankly a little close to home... twice my son said, 'jeez, dad maybe we should turn this off.'

    What an incredible and sad story... but, what amazing talent in that family... and Waddy Wachtel too! I give it an A all around and this weekend, I'm gonna fire up some cowsills and give it a real listen...
     
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    I liked 'em, especially the "WOO-WOO-WOO-WOO!" near the end of "Indian Lake". Easier times.

    I know nothing about their story though. What's the title of that doco?
     
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    From a benefit in 2004...freakin' amazing harmonies!



    I seem to remember that the whole Partridge Family shtick was loosely based on this family.
     
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    Amazing harmonies for sure. IMO, inline with the Beach Boys, BeeGees, Manhattan Transfer........etc.
     
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    Yeah, not loosely. They interviewed them etc... I won't give away the story, but the dad was like Brian Wilson's dad....
     
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    Didn't they perform "Hair" totally naked? Back in '69 ?
     
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    Family Band: The Cowsills Story.

    Prepare to have your mind blown...like getbent posted above, the Cowsill's dad was cut from the same cloth as Murry Wilson.

    I had a memory pop up on my Facebook feed today...4 years ago I was in New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival. I saw Susan Cowsill and her band play 'The Rain, The Park and Other Things'. It wasn't her and her brothers, but the harmonies still gave me chillbumps.
     
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    They’re kind of a big deal around here. AFAIK, they are still gigging on and off.
     
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    I’ll be damned! I of course remember them and also considered them bubblegum music. That sounds like a good show and I’ll check it out. Thanks!
     
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    We saw them perform live at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino theater two winter's ago, and they put on a truly great performance IMO, spot on vocals, and they looked like they were really enjoying themselves. When they did 'Hair', I swear I got goose bumps.

    At the same show, 'The Association' also performed, and they were equally great.
     
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    Here's a pair of Susan Cowsill performances from some recent Wild Honey Orchestra autism benefits.



     
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    You're thinking of a theatrical production of the musical "Hair". I don't know if they were naked through the whole thing or how long it lasted, I just remember my parents being disgusted by the notion.
     
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    Say no more............I "get it".....
     
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    I only recall their version of Hair. I do remember seeing the musical Hair in New Orleans when the Police were deciding if they were going to shut it down or not. It was for its time quite a good musical with lots of good songs.
     
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    The original cast got nekkid, at the end.
    Not the Cowsills.
     
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    In the fall of 1967, I was 17 and working in Montréal, Québec when The Rain, the Park and Other Things was getting a lot of AM radio play. I was a fan of The Cowsills.
     
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    I saw two revivals of "Hair," one in the '90s and one in 2001, the latter featuring some celebrity cast members, and they still got naked (maybe not Steven Weber). There's a blackout, then the lights come on for -- I don't know -- five or ten seconds and everybody on stage is naked. It's not a lot of time to take it all in, but I sure tried.
     
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    Drummer John Cowsill at 11 years old.



    Seems he was on Tommy Tutone's 867-5309 as percussionist and back up singer, married the Bangle's guitarist Vicki Peterson and has been a Beach Boy since the year 2000.

    :cool:
     
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    and is not even the most amazing cowsill... It is a good doc.
     
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    Most of the old Cowsills live TV appearances were marred by the typically bad sound issues of the day (Susan singing "When I'm Sixty-Four" comes to mind) but if you get beyond it, you can see how hard they were trying. The documentary is really insightful and well done.
     
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